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Highlights from the May 2015 Historical News Newsletter
Spring 2015 Meeting, Sunday April 19 in Marion, Indiana
The featured speaker, Grant County Historian Bill Munn explored the roots of the Marion Jewish community.
The first recorded Jewish settler Jacob Newberger, a German immigrant, arrive in Grant County in 1840. He established his business near the town’s famed covered bridge and was very outspoken in his anti-slavery views. After the Civil War, Newberger moved to Wabash, which had a larger Jewish population. Soon after, another Jewish settler, Jacob Baer, came to Marion and set up a store on the downtown square. After Baer’s death, the store changed hands to Morris Blumenthal and the Marks Family. These two families became prominent Jewish families in the area.
The Marion Jewish community did not have a house of worship until Sinai Temple was built in 1936. Orthodox and Reform families joined together to open the congregation. Sadly, the Jewish population has shrunk significantly in the last few decades and now there are fewer than 17 families at Sinai Temple. The temple closed permanently in June, 2015.
Information courtesy of the Marion Chronicle-Tribune.
Our upcoming fall publication of “Indiana Jewish History” will feature: The History of Congregation B’nai Judah in Whiting and the history of H. Gordon & Sons Department Store, Andrey Abraham Potter, Dean of Engineering at Purdue University and a Jewish history of Purdue 1920-1940, the life of entertainer Jimmy Guilford, the story of Alvert Hazen, and the history of the Hooverwood.Borinstein Home for the Aged in Indianapolis.
Stories like these are not preserved without the support of our members and supporters and we thank you!
Abe Silverstein of Terre Haute will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in October. Mr. Silverstein was featured in our 2014 publication. We still have copies of the book, if you would like to read about this aviation legend!
Save the Date: Meet us on Thursday, July 16th at the Indiana Historical Society in downtown Indianapolis to be part of the Family History Research Day. We’ll have IHS staff available to help direct your research through the archives. We will also go behind the scenes and tour the collections. This is a FREE program open to anyone 12+ from 10am-Noon and again 1-4pm.
Past 2014 editions of the “Historical News”, the IJHS newsletter are located below in .PDF format.